Volvo's Self-Driving Cars Are Heading to the UK Next Year

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Volvo’s self-driving cars are heading to the United Kingdom next year.

The Swedish automaker has announced that it will launch the U.K.’s largest and most ambitious self-driving car trial yet in hopes of speeding up the introduction of a technology aimed to reduce car accidents while freeing up road congestion.

Volvo is also working on launching a self-driving car trial in China and plans on doing the same in the U.S., all part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020.

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The company’s U.K.-based test will be called “Drive Me London” and will use real families driving autonomous vehicles on public roads. The company will source its data from everyday users and will use the data to continue developing self-driving cars that can be used in real world driving conditions, rather than the unrealistic conditions found on test tracks.

Drive Me London will commence in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous vehicles. It will then expand in 2018 to include up to 100 fully autonomous vehicles, making it the largest and most extensive testing program on Britain’s streets.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Apr 28, 2016

    Autonomous cars heading to the UK? Well, they're sure to bring unexpected accidents with them as well.